Don’t Worry Darling cast drama explained

Don’t Worry Darling cast drama explained

Don’t Worry Darling cast drama explained

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Olivia Wilde Don’t worry dear has become one of the most talked about films of the year – for all the wrong reasons.

The release of the psychological thriller, starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles, has been overshadowed by rumors of on-set feuds.

But what is the truth behind the controversy?

When the film hits UK cinemas, here’s everything you need to know.

1. Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh’s alleged feud

Don't Worry Darling (Warner Bros.)

Florence Pugh and Olivia Wilde enter Don’t worry dear. (Warner Bros.)

Alleged tensions between director Olivia Wilde and star Florence Pugh have been a major talking point on social media.

The couple have had “several disagreements personally and professionally,” according to a source cited by US Weekly.

Pugh is reported to have “severely limited” her media engagements to promote the film.

She did not attend the premiere in New York earlier this week and was also absent from a press conference at the Venice Film Festival on September 5.

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 5: (L-R) Harry Styles, Gemma Chan, Chris Pine and director Olivia Wilde attend the photocall for

Harry Styles, Gemma Chan and Chris Pine with Don’t worry dear director Olivia Wilde. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)

A source who was on the set of the film told Rolling Stone: “From what I understand, there is friction, but I don’t know why.

“It is quite clear [Pugh is] choose not to be part of PR. Obviously not having her be a part of PR is not beneficial to Olivia. It has to be a Florence decision.”

Read more: Harry Styles accused of spitting on co-star Chris Pine

But another insider said: “I never noticed a second of tension on that set. Not one second.”

Olivia Wilde with Florence Pugh on the set of Don't Worry Darling.  (Warner Bros.)

Olivia Wilde with Florence Pugh on set Don’t worry dear. (Warner Bros.)

Studio officials have noticed that Pugh is busy filming Dune: Part Two in Hungary.

In an interview with Variety, Wilde apparently alluded to the rumors by denouncing the “tabloid media” for “[pitting] women against each other”.

She praised Midsummer star as “extraordinary” and “the most exciting young actress working today”.

2. Shia LeBoeuf out, Harry Styles in

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 08: Shia LaBeouf attends the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals on February 8, 2020 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Shia LaBeouf was replaced in the lead role by pop star Harry Styles. (Getty Images)

Shia LeBoeuf was originally cast opposite Pugh as her on-screen husband, but left the film in August 2020 and was replaced by Harry Styles.

Sources initially blamed “scheduling conflicts”, but Wilde later claimed she fired LeBoeuf to create a “safe, trusting environment” on set.

She said: “I say this as someone who is such an admirer of his work. His process did not add to the ethos I require in my productions.”

Don't Worry Darling (Warner Bros.)

Harry chimes in Don’t worry dear. (Warner Bros.)

LeBoeuf disputed this, claiming that he chose to leave due to a lack of practice time.

In a further twist, a leaked video appeared to show Wilde saying she was “heartbroken” by LaBeouf’s exit and wanted to “figure this out”.

After LaBeouf’s exit from the film, ex-girlfriend FKA twigs sued him for “relentless abuse”, which he denies.

A journalist was stopped from asking Wilde a question about LaBeouf at the Venice Film Festival, leading to further controversy.

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 5: (L-R) Nick Kroll, Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, Sydney Chandler, Harry Styles and Gemma Chan attend

The psychological thriller had a reported budget of $20 million. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis via Getty Images)

The film is Styles’ first major Hollywood role, after small parts in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Marvel’s Eternals.

The release of a teaser trailer last month left some viewers confused by his transatlantic accent.

3. Harry Styles and Florence Pugh’s salary

Don't Worry Darling (Warner Bros.)

Florence Pugh and Harry Styles enter Don’t worry dear. (Warner Bros.)

Social media users have been spreading unverified claims of a pay gap between Styles and Pugh on the film.

Earlier this year, a gossip website claimed that Oscar-nominated Pugh was paid three times less than her male co-star.

Film studios do not disclose stars’ salaries, but Wilde dismissed the reports, saying there was “absolutely no validity”.

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 5: Florence Pugh attends

Florence Pugh attends Don’t worry dear red carpet event in Venice. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)

She told Variety she was “really upset” by “the absurdity of invented clickbait and subsequent backlash regarding a non-existent pay gap”.

She added: “I’m a woman who’s been in this business for over 20 years and it’s something I’ve fought for myself and others, especially as a director.”

4. Olivia Wilde’s split from Jason Sudeikis

SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 12: Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis during arrivals for the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020 in Santa Monica, CA.  (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Olivia Wilde started dating Harry Styles after splitting from Jason Sudeikis. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Wilde and Styles began dating publicly in January 2021 after meeting on set. The A-list relationship has attracted countless column inches.

Wilde was previously engaged to Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis, with whom she has two children.

In April, Wilde was served custody papers on behalf of Sudeikis while appearing on stage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas to promote Don’t worry dear.

American director and actress Olivia Wilde holds an envelope reading

Olivia Wilde was handed a ‘personal and confidential’ envelope on stage at CinemaCon 2022 (AFP via Getty Images)

The director described the incident as “vicious”, adding: “In any other workplace it would be seen as an attack.

“It was very upsetting. It shouldn’t have been able to happen. It was a huge security breach, which is very scary.”

A source for Sudeikis said the actor “had no prior knowledge of the time or place” when the documents would be served.

5. Lukewarm reviews from critics

Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh in Don't Worry Darling.  (Warner Bros.)

Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh enter Don’t worry dear. (Warner Bros.)

Controversy around Don’t worry dear meant all eyes were on the Venice Film Festival for its premiere.

Things took a bizarre turn when some fans accused Harry Styles of spitting into co-star Chris Pine’s lap when he sat down.

Pine had previously appeared to roll his eyes and “zone out” while Styles was speaking at the press conference.

A source close to Styles said the alleged spitting incident was “not true”, while Pine’s rep said it called it “a complete fabrication”.

Pugh showed up to the Venice premiere after missing the earlier press conference, but she and Wilde are reportedly “keeping their distance” during the event.

Don't Worry Darling (Warner Bros.)

Styles’ performance has been labeled “charisma-less” by critics. (Warner Bros.)

Apart from the alleged drama between the stars, the film received a lukewarm reception from critics in Venice.

The Guardian called it a “film neglected in a desert of unoriginality” while the Evening Standard labeled it “blank but empty”.

The Independent said Styles’ performance was “charisma-free” and called the film a “messy, convoluted affair”.

Don’t worry dear is out at the cinema now.

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